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Maria Schneider’s Grammy Acceptance Speech

On the importance of owning your creative work

Maria Schneider and David Bowie
Maria Schneider

Composer and bandleader Maria Schneider took home two Grammy Awards Monday night, for Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocal for “Sue (Or in a Season of Crime),” recorded by the Maria Schneider Orchestra and David Bowie; and Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album for The Thompson Fields. In her acceptance speech for the latter, Schneider spoke about the advantages of maintaining ownership of her music. The text of her speech follows:

“Thank you ever so much. I want to thank every magnificent musician in my band. Several of them are here today with their own nominations: Donny McCaslin, Mike Rodriguez, Marshall Gilkes. Also nominated, Ryan Truesdell, my wonderful co-producer. I want to thank my engineers Brian Montgomery and Gene Paul, and my beautiful designer Cheri Dorr.

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